Safe Auscultation with the Stethoscope
The stethoscope belongs to the most used diagnostic medical equipment to listen to the function of the heart, lungs and intestine. The diagnostic instrument is also used for auscultatory blood pressure measurements in order to make the Korotkoff sounds audible. Since different frequencies play a role in the auscultation of organs, manufacturers have created a variety of stethoscope chestpieces with different designs and purposes.
Thus, the medical professional must choose the appropriate stethoscope for each frequency range to guarantee precise diagnoses. While a bell-shaped chestpiece would be required for lower frequency heart tones, diaphragms are ideal for listening to higher frequencies. Many of the 3M Littmann stethoscopes are equipped with a dual-frequency diaphragm, which can be used for both higher and lower frequencies depending on the contact pressure.
A Comparison between different Stethoscopes
Since there is an enormous supply of stethoscopes, it is hard to find the right one. As a result, we offer an overview over the different kinds of stethoscopes and their application spectrum.
The Dual-Head Stethoscope
A dual head stethoscope is generally equipped with a double sided chest piece. Either the chest piece is made up of one large and one small diaphragm, or one diaphragm and one bell side.
Thanks to the two sides, the stethoscope can be used in many different fields, e.g. in general medicine, to use on children and adults alike, or in emergency services, where the stethoscope is used to gain an overview regarding the condition of the patient.
Some of the most popular products are the Classic II S.E and its successor, the Littmann Classic III stethoscope.
The Rappaport Stethoscope
The rappaport stethoscope is a special version of the acoustic stethoscope with a relatively short, double tube, dual-head chestpiece and interchangeable funnels and diaphragms. As a result, it can be used with funnels or diaphragms of different sizes.
The Electronic Stethoscope
Electronic stethoscopes amplify sounds, thus facilitating auscultations of particularly soft sounds, or examinations in noisy environments, e.g. in emergency rooms.
The Flat Head Stethoscope
The flat head stethoscope is not only used by doctors, but also by medical staff, nurses and carers. Generally, these professional groups take care of preliminary exams like blood pressure measurements instead of precise examinations. The flat head stethoscope offers a great price-performance ratio and can be used for every non-medical examination.
Stethoscopes for Infants and Children
For listening to children and babies, there are special paediatric stethoscopes with particularly small chestpieces that are perfect for smaller patients.
Some manufacturers, like Littmann or ERKA offer such stethoscopes with great acoustic performance and a robust, durable workmanship.
The Cardiology Stethoscope
The cardiology stethoscope, such as the Littmann Cardiology IV or the Littman Master Cardiology, stands out thanks to its acoustic performance.
Even soft heart tones and heart murmurs can be heard clearly guaranteeing a precise diagnosis.
The Littmann Stethoscope
Littman stethoscopes stand out thanks to their high quality and excellent acoustic performance. As a result, they are the first choice for many medical professionals looking for a new stathoscope. The product range from Littmann includes the whole spectrum of stethoscopes - from standard to paediatric, to cardiology stethoscopes.
One distinctive feature of the Littmann products is the possibility to choose the tube colour. In contrast to other manufacturers, who generally only offer their instruments in black or the basic greens, yellows or reds, Littmann uses modern and inviting colours such as caribbean blue or plum.
In recent years, the brand has added special editions such as the Black Edition, where not only the tube, but also the chestpiece and earpieces are kept completely in black.
We also offer the newly added Stem Edition, which is available for the Classic III and the Cardiology IV. In the Stem Edition, the colour of the stem creates a stylish contrast to the colour of the tube and and the chestpiece.
Some of our most popular Littmann stethoscopes are the Littmann Classic III with a dual-head stainless steel chestpiece, the Littmann Cardiology IV stethoscope, the 3M Littmann Classic II stethoscope, the Master Cardiology stethoscope with a handcrafted chestpiece and the new Littmann Lightweight with a special chestpiece design.
Buy Stethoscopes at Affordable Prices
At the Praxisdienst online shop, we offer a large assortment of stethoscopes to use in the surgery, hospital and emergency services. We invite you to use our handy attribute function to compare the different products. Of course we not only offer stethoscopes for cardiology, paediatrics, veterinary and general medicine, but also suitable accessories such as Littmann replacement part sets, including everything from diaphragms to ear tips.
Moreover, you can now engrave your Littmann stethoscopes! With out new engraving function, you can now personalise some of the Littmann stethoscopes, such as the Littmann Clasic III, the Littmann Master Cardiology and the Littmann Cardiology IV with up to 26 characters. You can find our list of engravable products here.
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